Mary’s eternal lotus pond

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Today, I went to what seems to be the main attraction of this city: the Ancient Lotus Flower Pond 故莲花池.

It’s a structure that originally dates back as far as the Tang-dynasty.

ancient lotus pond of Baoding

I liked it.

To me, it felt like a pretty little place with a nice and relaxed atmosphere to it.

roof in Baoding

Not sure what it would have felt like to be here during a tourist rush, though, or during a time of bad air.

Baoding

But today anyway, it was quite nice.

On the way back I noticed a catholic church opposite of the park and decided to go and take a look.

It was a little bit like the Lotus Pond: quiet and laid back. There didn’t really seem to be much to look at.

But I didn’t mind.

The thing is, I always get a funny feeling when I’m around manifestations of Christianity in China: I suddenly feel like an expert.

church in Baoding

I know I’m not.

And I know that this kind of feeling is totally immature, but I guess it could be the same for a Chinese person who is witnessing Buddhism in a European country.

It just feels a bit weird.

Saint Paul holding up a Testament in Chinese, is that like Richard Gere chanting “Om omne padme hum”?

I found a blackboard inside the courtyard and I liked this drawing of the Virgin Mary a lot.

I liked the colors and the arrangement of the characters in columns and in rows.

"the meaning of life"

I especially liked the fact that it was done in chalk, and therefore wasn’t meant for perpetuity.

Eternity is a scary thing to think about when you’re in a miniature hotel room with no windows and a damp smell to it, and the nightkeeper is outside snoring like a big dying bear.

And there is all this road ahead.



  • 白昕

    雷克:
    有些人能清楚听见自己心灵最深处的声音,并按照这个声音生活,这样的人,不是疯了,就是成为了传奇。
    你,雷克,就是在铸就你的传奇,支持你,雷克.
    如果时间合适,明年秋天,我会和我的马队到新疆迎接你的到来,并与你同行.

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  • libo

    come on! 路上一切还顺利吧,,冬天出发比较消耗能量,多多补充啊!我们也刚从保定采风回来,可惜没有去到你去的地方。保定是一个旅游资源丰富的城市,值得多拍拍!一个人的旅行一定要多加小心,相信一路上会有很多朋友陪伴你帮助你的,呵呵,good luck!

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  • Christoph

    白昕:记得给我看你拍的照片,新疆见!!
    libo: 对啊,你们怎么来保定也不告诉我一声?伤心!呵呵,下次有机会,你们带来一些好玩的摄影师吧,我们就一起采风!

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  • 眼睛

    古建筑屋脊上,置放瓦质或陶质的兽形装饰,叫脊兽。
    中国古建大都为土木结构,屋脊是由木材上覆盖瓦片构成的。檐角最前端的瓦片因处于最前沿的位置,要承受上端整条垂脊的瓦片向下的一个“推力”;同时,如毫无保护措施也易被大风吹落。因此,人们用瓦钉来固定住檐角最前端的瓦片,在对钉帽的美化过程中逐渐形成了各种动物形象,在实用功能之外进一步被赋予了装饰和标示等级的作用。除宫殿庙宇外民宅不得安兽。有功名的,由皇帝特批敕建。安兽之脊叫作“仪脊”,以示殊荣。
    唐宋时,还只有一枚兽头,以后逐渐增加了数目不等的蹲兽,到了清代形成了今天常见的“仙人骑凤”领头的小动物队列形态。在小仙人之后,坐姿排列着一队小动物,根据建筑规模和等级不同而数目有所不同,多为一、三、五、七、九等单数。北京故宫的太和殿用到了十个,除了象征着皇权的至高无上外,大概也意味着只有皇帝才配享受到“十全十美”的待遇。在不同的建筑物上小动物的数目不等,用九个来举例,它们依次是:鸱吻(龙的九子之一)、凤、狮子、天马、海马、狻猊、押鱼、獬豸、斗牛。故宫太和殿在最后增加了一个行什。数目越多,表示级别越高。拿故宫来说,太和殿用了十个,天下无二;皇帝居住和处理日常政务的乾清宫,地位仅次于太和殿,用九个;坤宁宫原是皇后的寝宫,用七个;妃嫔居住的东西六宫,用五个;某些配殿,用三个甚至一个。
    这些小兽代表的意义分别为:
    1、鸱吻,喜欢四处眺望,因此在檐角的前面。
    2、凤,象征尊贵、有圣德之人。据《史记•日者列传》:“凤凰不与燕雀为群。”凤是吉瑞的象征,亦是皇后的代称。
    3、狮子,代表勇猛、威严。《传灯录》记载:“狮子吼云:‘天上天下,唯我独尊’。狮子作吼,群兽慑伏。”
    4、天马、海马,象征着威德通天入海,畅达四方。
    5、狻猊,古书记载是与狮子同类的猛兽,也有说为龙的九子之一。传说能食虎豹,有率从百兽之意。
    6、狎鱼,是海中异兽,传说和狻猊都是兴云作雨、灭火防灾的神。
    7、獬豸,古代传说中的猛兽,与狮子类同。《异物志》中说“东北荒中有兽,名獬豸”。传说能辨别是非曲直,独角,又有神羊之称,是勇猛、公正的象征。
    8、斗牛,传说中是一种虬龙,据《宸垣识略》载:“西内海子中有斗牛……遇阴雨作云雾,常蜿蜒道路旁及金鳌玉栋坊之上。”传说是一种兴云作雨、镇火防灾的吉祥物。
    9、行什,一种带翅膀猴面孔的人像。

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  • Christoph

    哦,好长的文章!
    我得慢慢看。。。
    是不是整个东西的种类叫“屋脊兽”?

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  • Rindy

    亲爱的,看来你走前应该给你上一堂中国建筑史的课.等我下次见你时慢慢教你吧.
    看脊兽的数量能知道建筑等级的差别.中国数字里9是最高的,所以故宫的正殿角上就有9个,下回再去的时候好好数数.

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  • Christoph

    哈哈哈哈,好吧好吧,回去乖乖地研究一些孔孟 – 好恐怖啊!

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